Worth repeating …

This very much bears repeating, over and over again, especially in Canada. Garnet Wolseley, after whom historic Wolseley Barracks in London Ontario is named, was a distinguished soldier who spent many years in Canada, spearheading military reforms here, before becoming a field marshal and (from 1895 to 1901) Commander-in-Chief of the Forces ~ the professional … Continue reading Worth repeating …

Are we doing the right things? Are we doing things right?

I mentioned, a couple of days ago, that Canada was a world leader, back circa 1950, in changing the "model" of how armies (armed forces, in fact) were organized, going from a model of small, almost token regular forces with large reserves, often of dubious quality, to a model of (relatively) large, combat ready regular … Continue reading Are we doing the right things? Are we doing things right?

Immigration

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, has re-opened an important, ongoing debate about our attitudes towards immigration. He cites, mainly, data from a study by Queens University which shows that: "Six out of 10 Canadians support the federal government’s target of accepting 300,000 immigrants a year, the highest intake per capita of any … Continue reading Immigration

The German dilemma

I, and many others, have been worrying about the fate of the liberal international order, which I would argue began 202 years ago when, on June 18th 1815 the Duke of Welllington defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo. I suppose that most people don't, automatically, associate Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington with liberal values … Continue reading The German dilemma

Hype vs hope: a view from the left

There is a thought-provoking article in The Guardian, a generally left wing journal, by Martin Lukacs, a Canadian journalist who is also on the political left, that, in some respects, I could have written had I been a more talented polemicist. He says that British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who he describes as "the rumpled, … Continue reading Hype vs hope: a view from the left

More on America’s grand strategy and options for Canada

There is another very helpful article in Foreign Affairs, this time by Professor Sarah Kreps of Cornell University. Professor Kreps looks at how a "“tale of two countries”—and the ripple effects on foreign policy ... [has emerged, and ] ... is more apparent in the United States than in Europe. Because of vast inequalities in … Continue reading More on America’s grand strategy and options for Canada

Lies, damned lies, capability gaps and Super Hornets

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, which describes itself as "Canada's only truly national public policy think tank ... [and as being] ... rigorously independent and non-partisan," polled 100 defence experts asking them if the Trudeau government  should continue with the purchase of 18 Super Hornet jet fighters as an "interim" fix to Canada's jet fighter woes. Seventy-five … Continue reading Lies, damned lies, capability gaps and Super Hornets